Lancashire Colts were narrowly beaten by 2 wickets by Blackpool CC 1st XI at the weekend
Having lost the toss, Lancashire Colts lost opener Scott Friend early, bowled for 9, to leave the score 16-1. Fellow opener Ammer Mirza then fell shortly after for 10 (also bowled) leaving Lancs at 32-2 in the 9th over and in early trouble.
However, a 3rd wicket stand of 45 by Lewis Jackson and Tom Hardman steadied Lancs back on course to 77-2 (of f 28 overs). Blackpool then applied further pressure leading to a small cluster of wickets falling in the middle order. Jackson fell for 25 (run out), Hardman for 26 (caught), and Ollie Law also for 9 (bowled) as Lancs found themselves 114-5 (at 42 overs).
Lancs Colts though managed to rally late in their innings to post a final total of 190-8 (off 50 overs completed), thanks to Robert Jones (batting at 5) who made a fluent knock of 43 off 70 balls (5x4s) with good support from Liam Hurt contributing a quick 27 off 12 balls (3x4s, 2x6s). Michael Tidmas was the pick of Blackpool’s bowlers with 2-14 (7 overs).
In response, Lancashire Colts opening bowlers Sam Sweeney and Liam Hurt made early inroads dismissing John Mounsey for 16 (bowled) and Alex Smith for 7 (bowled) to leave the home side 26-2 in the 8th over. A 3rd wicket partnership of 74 by Blackpool’s South African Professional Con De Lange and Andy Furniss started their fightback by taking the score to 100-2 after 27 overs.
However, Jones managed to get the key breakthrough as De Lange went for 37 (caught) off his bowling and he further combined with Lancs skipper Chris Benbow to put Blackpool back in trouble with some steady spin bowling. Brown fell for 4 (lbw), the key wicket of Furniss for 42 (lbw) and Glesson also for 4 (caught) as the Stanley Park side collapsed to 126/6 (off 34 overs).
Despite this setback, home skipper Paul Danson, Steve Mercer, and the Blackpool tail survived the Colts sustained bowling pressure at the death to reach 191-8 (off 46.2 overs) to win by 2 wickets. Lancs Colts skipper Chris Benbow returned figures of 3-38 (9 overs), Liam Hurt 2-29 (9 overs), Rob Jones 2-36 (9 overs) and a steady spell for Sam Sweeney also of 1-34 (14.2 overs).
Scott Churchman, Lancashire Colts Scorer